Friday, October 15, 2010

"Songs That Get Stuck In Your Head" Friday

It's Friday!  Remember Fun?  I'm starting a new feature today.  "Songs That Get Stuck In Your Head" Friday. It's easy to play. I'll start by posting a video or song that will have you singing it all day long.  You post your own favorite videos/songs in the comments  and we'll all get a whole day of great songs stuck in our heads.

Here's mine.  Snoopy vs The Red Baron.  I dare you not to sing along!

Ok, now post yours in the comments...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Meet Tara

This is Tara.  In my mind, she's the greatest thing to come along since sliced bread.  That's no exaggeration either!

Tara and I have been friends for quite a few years now.  She's watched my kids grow from little kids to teenagers, and now I have the joy of watching her little ones grow.  It's often the highlight of my day when I get to go visit them.

Tara is an independent contractor and since this summer has been helping me out with my shops.  She does the prep work of cutting and punching most of the leather items in my shop as well as folding and punching paper. She also handles some of the communications and customer service aspects of running the shop.  This has been an important development for my business.  Admittedly it was a little nerve wracking to take this step, it's hard to let go of that "do everything yourself" mindset. But like most things, once I took the leap I wondered why I didn't jump sooner.  Tara is very good at what she does and I consider myself very blessed that she was available for this contract! 

From the heart Tara, Thanks!  You're the best!

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Remembering Baseball

When I wrote about Baseball last week, the floodgates opened and a lot of memories came rushing back. They were some of those sweet moments of childhood that remain dormant until just a word or phrase brings them all back. When I mentioned my brother playing baseball every chance he could get, I thought of the games he played, being at the baseball fields, and the way the summer sunsets looked and felt watching a night game. What I didn't remember until later was the love of Baseball was shared by my whole family. Most especially Granny, my great grandmother.

We grew up in Piqua, Ohio, (just about an hour or so north of Cincinnati) in the 1970's. Naturally, we were Cincinnati Reds fans. Granny would pronounce it "Cincinnatuh" Reds. Anytime we would go to her house, if there was a game on, she would be listening to it on her radio while she worked on her latest needlepoint project. Conversations would revolve around who was winning, how the Reds were doing that season, and all other things Baseball. (Truth be told, I only half listened. Granny had some cool stuff at her house to investigate!) But win or lose, Granny was always a loyal fan. Even into her 90's you could still find her listening to the radio on game nights.

 Those were the days of  the "Big Red Machine"  They were unstoppable and we watched and listened as they hit their way into the history books.  I remember many, many nights falling asleep listening to Joe Nuxhall and Marty Brennaman calling the game.

So with wave after wave of nostalgia coming over me last week I got busy and did what I do best.  I took the cell phone cases and gadget pouches I introduced last week one stop further.
 These cases and pouches are my own way of Remembering Baseball. Natural leather that will age beautifully just like a baseball, and red stitching using our signature Baseball Stitch.  I like this theme so much, you might even see a couple more things from me next year on Opening Day!
 I've so enjoyed making these and awakening old memories as I cut and stitched. Maybe they'll bring back some good memories for you too.  Enjoy!

Coming next week: Kindle Cases!